Position not set, but leader is

Anthony Barr had been to Notre Dame in the past, but never really had a chance to get a good feel for the program, its coaches or the players. Barr was in town last weekend on an official visit and the standout athlete from Loyola High School (Los Angeles, Calif.) had his questions answered.

Anthony Barr (6-foot-4, 225-pounds) was on hand to watch Notre Dame escape with a thrilling overtime victory over Washington last weekend. Barr wanted to get a better feel for the Notre Dame football program and he liked what he saw.

"I had a great time," Barr responded when asked about his official visit to South Bend. "It was a lot of fun. Everyone was very hospitable. The team was a lot of fun to be around and the coaching staff was very generous with their time. I definitely had a great experience and a good time.

"The postgame locker room was a really good experience to be a part of. I got to hang with the team. I think those were the highlights for me, because I got to see more of those things than I did before; like how the team was and the personalities of the guys. They all get along real well. They're just a good group of guys and they're real easy to be around. They're just normal dudes, so it was a lot of fun."

Barr is one of the top running backs on the West Coast, but Irish coaching staff hasn't decided where he would line up if he were to wear a Notre Dame uniform.

"It's still up in the air," Anthony explained. "Nothing is set in stone. It was more like, we'll see if you come here and we'll see what we're going to do. They gave me ideas of what I would play and what I'd be doing, but they really didn't say I'd be playing this or playing that. They said that they'd give me an opportunity to play where I wanted to play. I thought that was great that they were taking into consideration my interest and that was real important to me.

"I sat down with coach Alford, coach Tenuta, coach Hart, and coach Weis. I talked with coach Brown and coach Ianello… just about everybody really. I met with the position coaches and they gave me an idea of how I'd fit in if I went to Notre Dame."

Although Barr didn't get all of his questions answered on his visit, Notre Dame did make a strong impression on him.

"I think it helped…it definitely helped," Barr said. "It didn't hurt at all. It gave me the opportunity to experience the unknown. If anything it definitely helped Notre Dame.

"I think I'm going to check out Michigan and Cal and probably UCLA. I would say that Notre Dame and UCLA are the schools that I'm most interested in at the moment.

"I have more of an opportunity to see schools now, because I'm not fully participating with my team," he said. "I'm still pretty active with my team, but the injury definitely gives me more freedom to search and discover and dissect this whole process a little more.

"We're going to have to see how my other trips go, so I can compare and contrast the pros and cons and see where I stand after all of that. I'm definitely leaning toward Notre Dame right now after that experience, because it was such a great experience and I feel real comfortable."

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